On Trust and Privacy: Why I No Longer Trust Google

Trust. It's a key factor in any successful relationship, whether that relationship is between two people or a person and an organization. Privacy concerns are ongoing and have been around on the web for a long time. Kee Hinckley wrote about them in 1999. Among privacy advocates, discussions about "do not track" go back at least four years; then in 2010, the FTC endorsed the idea. (As did Mozilla in 2011.) There's the W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), now suspended, and a new W3C tracking protection group. Although it hasn't been battered with privacy-related consumer trust headlines as frequently as Facebook (Beacon, 2007, 2007, 2009; privacy settings, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2011, 2012; tracking, 20112012; FTC settlement, 2011), Google has flirted with trust issues since at least 2004. That's when Dave Winer warned: …continue reading →

YouTube Politics: Obama To Hold Google+ Hangout Monday

[caption id="attachment_136696" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Obama, 2012 SOTU, White House Photo"]Obama[/caption] In 2007, Google and YouTube broke into presidential politics by holding a "debate" in conjunction with CNN. At the time, Google had owned YouTube for less than a year. Flash forward almost five years. On Monday at 5.30 p.m. Eastern, Google+ (which is also less than a year old), is the stage for a presidential response to last week's State of the Union address. As in 2007, the questions are generated by us. And as in 2007, which questions get answered is not being left in the hands of the crowd. From 2007: …continue reading →